Get information on Intellectual property, copyright for publications and research data, and Creative Commons for open access publishing.

2. Copyright and publishing

Copyright protects the rights of creators to determine how their original works may be used, including whether they can be copied, adapted or shared. In Australia, copyright is embodied in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).  

The Copyright for publication page provides information on: 

  • Publisher agreements 
  • 3rd party materials and permissions 
  • Copyright exceptions

Publishers may require you to transfer or licence your copyright as part of the publication agreement. 

Check Sherpa/Romeo for a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.


Open access policy requirements

The Open Access for UQ Research Publications Policy sets out the requirements for University of Queensland researchers to make publications arising from their research openly available via UQ’s institutional repository, UQ eSpace, as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking into account any embargoes imposed by the publisher.

If publishers do not allow self-archiving, UQ authors are encouraged to request that the official UQ self-archiving addendum be included in the publishing contract:

'The Author has the right to publicly archive their revised, peer-reviewed personal version of their paper on their institutional website and their personal website, provided in all cases a link to the journal article on the Publisher website is included.'


Get information on meeting the mandates of major funding bodies, such as Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Social networks

It is important to remember that all the normal rules of copyright still apply when sharing your publications on social networking sites, such as ResearchGate. How you can share your publication will depend on what agreement or licence you have with your publisher. See the Social Networks and copyright page for more information.